Images of Kitsap County
Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: May 1, 2015
Contact: Jeffrey L. Rowe, CBO
360.337.5777 or
No: 2015-042

Kitsap County Participates in Building Safety Month
Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes

(Port Orchard, WA) - To help raise awareness of building safety, the Kitsap County Department of Community Development proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May. Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings.

“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance they help to ensure the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said Jeff Rowe, Chief Building Official for Kitsap County. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide maximum public safety.”

This year’s theme is Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes. Weekly themes during Building Safety Month are: May 4-10, Don’t Get Burned; May 11-17, Bounce Back Faster from Disaster; May 18-24, Water Safe, Water Smart; and May 25-31 $ave Energy.

To support building safer communities, Kitsap County Community Development (DCD) is launching permit forgiveness. During the period of May 4, 2015 through May 29, 2015, DCD will suspend the after the fact fee, which is about 40% of the building permit fee, for anyone who submits a building permit application a previously unpermitted structure. Bring your completed permit application to DCD and there will be no extra charge for getting your permit after the fact.

Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Regardless of the department code officials work in—building, fire, planning or elsewhere—they work hard every day to provide public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed safely. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters.

Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man-made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses. The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.

Building codes have protected the public for thousands of years. The earliest known code of law—the Code of Hammurabi, king of the Babylonian Empire, written circa 2200 B.C.—assessed severe penalties, including death, if a building was not constructed safely. The regulation of building construction in the United States dates back to the 1700s. In the early-1900s, the insurance industry and others with similar concerns developed the first model building code.

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Last Updated: 
May 05, 2015